Close Skimmer

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This is the closest I've managed to photograph a Black Skimmer in action and get a sharp photo. When ever they fly this close to me I always end up loosing focus. This was the only sharp photo of the series of shots I took as this bird blasted by right in front of me. The calm morning kept the water mostly flat and the soft backlighting really showed off that trail of water that comes up from dragging their lower bill in the water. I have really enjoyed the time I spent with this species this year and will still probably do another visit or two with them before they all head south.

• Location: Southern New Jersey bays

• Exposure: 1/2000 @ f/4

• ISO: 200 - auto

• Exposure Mode: Aperture Priority

• Focal Length: 500mm

• Lens: Nikon 500mm f/4 VR

• Camera: Nikon D4s

Nature photography has become a very passionate hobby of mine and whenever I get a chance I love to get outside and enjoy being outdoors. I am also the co-owner of KGM Expressions, a wedding and portrait photography business, with my wife Kim. This is how we make our living and I love that we get to do that together.